Finding My Usefulness as a Writer in the Trump Era, or Why I Can’t Be Apolitical Now (Essay 3 of 52)
Grayscale image. 2 fists raised in the air, against the clouds. Hashtags resist, radical, selflove, and subversive. quote by Mariam Williams

    This week’s essay is posted on The Thought Erotic for is inauguration issue, “We the People Won’t Be…

Stagnation or Spinning Out of Control? (Essay 2 out of 52)

I started unpacking at 11:00 pm, almost as soon as I walked through the door. And as the contents of…

Yes, I’m Still Writing (1 out of 52)

Since I’ve been staying in my home town with my mom for the holidays, I’ve had exchanged pleasantries and had…

To 2016: An Open Letter and Elegy

Read the whole letter here. Also note: Carrie Fisher, her mother Debbie Reynolds, and Carolyn Miller-Cooper passed before my editor’s filing…

My Unpopular Opinion on ‘Birth of a Nation,’ the movie I made an unpopular decision to see
movie poster Birth of a Nation 2016

I took myself to see Birth of a Nation earlier this week. (I told you I would.) Short review: well-acted…

The Decade Before Consent

*Trigger warning* The week of August of 15, my news feed was filled with damning articles and opinions about Nate…

Being single shouldn’t feel like punishment, but for black church girls, it often does

How is a church like prison and being incarcerated like belonging to a church? Both have a way of asking,…

On my bicycle, at the intersection of blackness and womanhood, with feminism crossing diagonally

“If a woman says she was raped, I believe her, because for all she has to go through, why would…

The Summer Part is Over, but Writing for Freedom Continues
The color of freedom

  My Writing-For-Freedom Summer has come to an end. I learned under instructors I would like to take back to…

Fatherhood as a Process

On Sunday, I thought I shared a link to my new podcast, but it turns out I didn’t. Click here…

Writing-For-Freedom Summer

Today I begin a month-long series of summer workshops in essay and poetry that I hope will focus me for…

Black Father-Daughter Talk

A podcast featuring a 30-something black woman and her dad, talking about life. Click here to listen. (I hadn’t actually made…

How the Orlando shooting is just like the Charleston massacre

… there is nothing new under the sun. –Ecclesiastes 1:9 When I heard about 50 people at a gay nightclub…

Stunningly Beautiful Blackness

The morning after Muhammad Ali died, I couldn’t stop thinking about all the times he called himself “pretty.” A corner…

Light Women in Yellow

Yellow became my favorite color several years ago because by wearing it, I could prove that my skin is not…

What I’m Still Learning from Prince

I’ve been trying to process why Prince’s death feels so much worse to me than Michael Jackson’s or even Whitney…

Slave narratives, respectability politics, black womanhood and choice

You may ask for freedom only if you live above reproach. That was the message to enslaved black people in…

Yoga to Live by in 2016
Faithfully 2015

Last night, as I was wracking my brain to come up with an end-of-year post that was reflective, inspirational and…

Jerk (An Angry Black Woman Poem)

Jerk[i] For Dejerria Becton, Niya Kenny, the friend she stood up for, and for all Black women in defense of…

A Black Family Memoir from A Different World

Since I see no reason to add to the thousands of think pieces EBONY magazine’s November cover story, “Cosby vs. Cliff,” undoubtedly…

A working definition of feminist part 1: Why not womanist?

When Cameo King sent me questions about feminism to help me prepare for this broadcast, I had to take a…

A Piece of My ‘Good Girl’ Confession

For today’s Faith & Feminism Friday, I refer you to a conversation recorded over the summer when I was honored…

Dear Future Husband, Please Forgive Me

In a past life, I slut-shamed my future husband. Except I can’t really call it slut-shaming, because the standards of…

Radical Love is Intersectional

I came across the above quote last semester in my academic research but returned to it in June, when the…

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